How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs as a Mompreneur

Are your limiting beliefs holding you back?

What do you hear the voices in your head saying when you talk yourself out of doing something new? Or something bold? Or something scary? Those voices, my mama friends, are known as your limiting beliefs. And they just might be what is holding you back from reaching the next level of success you crave as an entrepreneur or an uplevel you crave in your personal life.

But today we are going to help you identify and move past those limiting beliefs so you can achieve emotional security and mental strength. And the person to help us do that is Heidi Gruss. Heidi is a licensed psychotherapist and transformation strategist who specializes in working with burned out women seeking a change in their lives. She brings to her clients two decades of clinical and administrative experience in both private and corporate behavioral health settings. Heidi spent four years running a multi-million-dollar behavioral health program for the state of Connecticut that became a model for the rest of the United States.

Through her multi-six figure coaching business, she helps women rapidly identify and overcome negative patterns of behavior that hold them back from success in business, health and life. Her clients have been able to obtain much-deserved promotions, transition into different careers, create greater work-life balance and improve their well-being.

Heidi’s expertise was featured in media outlets such as Master Your Mindset With Coach Marc, The Bigger Braver Show, Grow Your Path to Wellness and Victim to Victory. She has also presented to audiences of thousands on virtual and live stages across the United States. She lives in Waterford, Connecticut, with her husband and three children.

Highlights on Overcoming Your Limiting Beliefs

  • Tell me a little about what you do in your practice? Most people seek me out because of my background in psychotherapy. But also because I am a successful business owner. I’ve owned my clinical practice and been an entrepreneur for many years. Because of this experience, I can really empathize with what entrepreneurs experience on their path to success.
  • What is your definition of a limiting belief? Ultimately, what I teach my clients is that a limiting belief is just a story. It’s an internal dialogue that’s keeping you stuck in your current circumstances. I use the word “story” because if it were a truth, it would apply to every entrepreneur across the board. Ask yourself “is this true for every person?”
  • Now that we know what a limiting belief is, how can identify them in ourselves? Once I ask my clients the questions “is this true across the board?”, it helps them see that there are other options. And once I have the buy in that it isn’t an absolute truth, we can explore what the real block is. For me, the block is typically an emotion.
  • Is overcoming these limiting beliefs that hold us back something that will take practice? It’s definitely a tool. Once you overcome a limiting belief the first time, that’s a tool no one can take away from you.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Heidi

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning person, all day.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? We love to be outside. We’re heading into beach season. we have a pool.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? I love to read.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? Fiction is “Pretty Things” by Janelle Brown. Non-fiction is “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss.
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? I swear by my paper planner. I have a whole ritual every morning so I know exactly what’s expected of the day.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


Balance Your Hormones as a Mompreneur - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Begin to Balance Your Hormones as a Mompreneur

Do you know how to balance your hormones?

Or how your hormones effect your daily life? Not just once a month or when you’re pregnant. But how to balance your hormones to maintain the day in/day out functions. And fluxuations that affect your mood, your weight, your appetite, and your energy levels. This is an area I’ve become more interested in since my breast cancer diagnosis and that’s why I wanted to bring Laura Martire on to the podcast.

Laura is a registered holistic nutritionist and the founder of Laura Martire Holistic Wellness. She specializes in women’s hormone health and through her own journey to wellness knows firsthand how simple changes, a shift in my mindset, and a commitment to prioritizing your health can make all the difference in being on the path to feeling your absolute best.

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Highlights from How to Balance Your Hormones

  1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started?  In 2016 left my career to care for my father full time following a cancer diagnosis. After his passing, I was at my lowest point health-wise and was dealing with hormone issues and digestive issues and I as began the process of healing I ended up going down the path of holistic nutrition.  I loved it so much that I decided to go back to school and open my own practice. Now I help support other women in taking charge of their health and understanding how their habits contribute to their symptoms.   
  2. I know this may be a huge question to answer in a short period of time, but can you explain what our hormones are and what their function is? In a nutshell, hormones are chemical messengers in our bodies. They help coordinate functions like sleep, metabolism, mood, hunger, energy, etc.   They play a role in just about everything so when they become imbalanced it can really have an impact on how you feel.   
  3. What can cause a hormone imbalance?  Lots of things…from the foods you eat to how you manage stress. From dieting and gut health to your skincare products and home cleaning products. So much can contribute to issues with your hormones. This is why I love a holistic approach to health as it takes into account not only what you eat, but also your daily habits and routines. 
  4. What are some of the signs we should look for that indicate a hormone imbalance?  Signs you need to balance your hormones might include low energy, low libido, hair loss, acne, stubborn weight or weight gain, brain fog, cravings, disrupted sleep, and mood swings. 
  5. What are some things we can do at home if we know we’ve experienced some of the causes of hormone imbalance or we start to see the symptoms of imbalance?  Try to manage your stress. Prepare well-balanced meals and seek out good nutrition. Eat foods that keep your blood sugar in balance. Stay aware of what’s in the products you are using. And try to move your body daily.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Laura

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? 100% a morning person.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Going for a nice long walk or a hike.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? Read a book.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? Under the Stars (novel).
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? As a nutritionist, meal prep. Making sure I’ve got my fridge and cupboards stocked with healthy ingredients I can use to pull together an easy meal.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


How Organzing Photos Reduces Mom Guilt - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Organizing Photos Reduces Your Mom Guilt

Does the thought of organizing photos stress you out?

Summer is almost upon us. And there’s about to be an onslaught of memory making. Which makes it the perfect time to talk organizing photos with photo coach Leslie Alder.

Leslie is a mom to 4 kids under age 6 who helps overwhelmed moms get their photos and videos off their phone. And into the hands and hearts of their kids.

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Highlights from How Organizing Your Photos Reduces Mom Guilt

  1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started? My work organizing photos started after a bout of post-partum depression and anxiety after my second child was born. I realized there were gaps in my memory during this time. And I really had to rely on photos to fill in the gaps for these memories. I realized how important having photos in a consumable format was for helping to solidify my memories. What I do now as a photo coach is to dial in what purpose photos serve in your life. I help you determine what method of photo organizing is needed to make that happen.
  2. What are some of the words and phrases your clients use when they talk about the guilt they have around their camera roll? I hear things like “I take too many pictures and then I’m not there in the present with my kids”. Some people say “I don’t take enough photos” or “I’m not giving my kids these memories”. I think the guilt we feel over organizing photos can be one of the many things in our mom lives that create unhealthy comparisons and judgment.
  3. You mentioned that overwhelming photos are a symptom of the bigger, underlying issue that moms feel. Can you explain more about that? Many times when I speak with clients, they don’t have a clear vision of how organizing photos will help them. They have been avoiding the project due to guilt or anxiety. But they don’t know what they want. They just want the negative feelings to go away.
  4. If someone listening out there is thinking “yeah, that’s totally me”where do they start overcoming the overwhelm or guilt they are feeling? First, ask yourself “what role are photos currently playing in my life”? And then ask yourself “what role do I want photos to play in my life”? You can also grab my free Declutter Your Phone’s Photo Storage Roadmap to start organizing your photos today.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Leslie

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning person.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Right now I’m spoiled because we live in California and I love going to the beach.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? I’m in a learning mode right now so I love to cuddle up in bed with a book.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? Nap time is my time. I have a strict policy of not doing any work for myself or the house while my kids are napping.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


Why You and Your Kids Need a Sleep Routine - Business Savvy Mama

Why You and Your Kids Need a Sleep Routine

If you had to rate your kids’ sleep routine on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the best, how would you rate yours? I know the sleeping habits of kids at any age can have an impact on stress levels and sleeping habits of moms. And we need as little stress and as much sleep we can get when we’re trying to juggle running a business and running a home.

That’s why I’ve brought in an expert to help create healthy sleep habits and routines for our kids. Meet Anna McMillan of Little Winks Sleep. Anna is originally from New Zealand and now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her hubby and 2 kids. Anna believes in facilitating strong attachment between you and your little one while using the science behind sleep to help your family thrive.

Highlights for Creating a Sleep Routine

  1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started? I work with families to help teach their little ones to sleep and create a sleep routine. I started exploring sleep training when I was a foster parent before I was a biological parent. He was not a good sleeper and I became obsessed with understanding how sleep works. Then when I had my own child I knew there had to be a better way than letting the child “cry it out”. So I because certified and now I have 5 sleep coaches that work with me.
  2. I think we often focus on the benefits of sleep training our kids on them, but what are some of the benefits for us mom business owners who are trying to juggle it all? First off, your anxiety will rapidly decrease when you have a good sleep routine. And you have a better ability to regulate yourself and your kids when you are well rested. We need to make sure we are managing ourselves so we can manage our businesses properly. And finally, you can remember things. Shifting from short term memory to long term memory happens when we sleep.
  3. What are some of the signs that we may need to bring in a sleep professional like you for our child? First, ask yourself “am I ready?” You need to be ready to stay consistent even in the hard moments. Then ask yourself “does our current sleep routine cause stress?” If it’s not working for one of the three of you (yourself, the baby, and the other primary caregiver), that’s when we need to look for change and be strategic about it.
  4. Are there any small steps we can take on our own to start the sleep training process in our home? the first thing we need to take a look at is timing. And you can download my free nap cheat sheet or my free awake times chart to figure out how long your baby needs to be awake. These can be helpful before making any changes to your current sleep routine.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Anna

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Swimming.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? Pottery or drinking wine. Or pottery while drinking wine. 🤣
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? Better Late Than Never by Emma Mahony about mid-life ADHD diagnosis in women.
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? I always wake up before my kids. Whoever starts the day, leads the day.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


How to Balance Home Responsibilities to Find Time for Yourself

How to Balance Home Responsibilities to Find Time for Yourself

Ever feel like you do it all?

Are you ever resentful that you have no time and energy left for yourself? Because you’re absolutely worn out from all the work you do for your family and your business. I know I’ve done my share of hate cleaning when I feel this way. 🤣 And I figured a few of you might have felt this way too. That’s why I’ve brought on Jannine Mackinnon to talk about balancing home responsibilities so you can have more time and mental space for self-care.

Jannine is a mom to 2 from Victoria, British Columbia and the founder of Unapologetic Motherhood, a community where you have access to monthly content on topics like cannabis, sex, finances, women’s health, relationships, and so much more. She is cutting through the shit to talk about the real things impacting everyday moms.

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Highlights from Balancing Home Responsibilities…

  • Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started? As I transitioned into motherhood, I wasn’t finding information about topics I was researching readily available. That’s why I continued to pivot in my business. To become a resource for topics like cannabis, women’s health and anatomy, sex, finances, and relationships.
  • Why do you think (or do you hear) that moms feel like they have to do it all? Where is that messaging from? I think it comes from all over. From when we’re kids in our homes. From social media where we are constantly bombarded with messages about how to do things “right”. Part of the struggle in balancing home responsibilities is our own fault. We absorb these messages and start to do it all. And because we are doing it all, we establish a status quo that other members of the household follow.
  • How do you think we can start to break the cycle? Two parts…doing your own thinking and reflecting and then having a conversation. Communicating our needs to our partner. I always encourage moms to look at ways they can lessen their load. For example…if you are the primary person responsible for making and serving dinner, ask for help in setting the table.
  • Some of the conversations you need to have may be scary or uncomfortable. What do you say to the moms who feel like they want the extra time and mental space you’re talking about but lack the confidence to go after it? Think of giving your spouse or partner a roadmap. Often, they won’t see what you think is obvious. More often than not, if you ask for specific help, they are willing to help. Also, use a “soft start” to your conversation instead of coming from a place of anger or resentment. Use phrases like “I’m feeling…..” or “I’ve been thinking about how I need help…”. And remember to schedule check-ins so you don’t find the family returning to status quo.
  • Finally, what are some of the greatest benefits you’ve experienced or seen in your community when moms take steps towards more self-care or personal pursuits? Having regular conversations and check-ins with your partner will strengthen your relationship. And when you lessen your mental load, your stress levels go down and your patience goes up. You’re able to stay more present with your family. You’ll feel happier and more fulfilled when you are able to have the time to do what interests you.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Jannine

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Used to be night, now it’s morning.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Be in the forest.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? Be quiet outside.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? The Rebel’s Apothecary by Jenny Sansouci
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? Automation.
A Simple Secret to Better Evenings as a Mompreneur

A Simple Secret to Better Evenings as a Mompreneur

Let’s talk decision fatigue and better evenings…this week’s episode goes out to all those mamas who have lost their minds over the question “what’s for dinner?” ( I think I did it like two nights ago. 🤣)  I want to dive into why that happens and what we can do to fix it…how we can actually enjoy our evenings. And how we can have the end of the day stop feeling like we are completely just spent. Like if anything else happens or if anything else ends up on our plate we are just going to explode.

Often when we’re irritable or we’re stressed out at the end of the day it’s because we’ve been making decisions all day long. From the moment we wake up until the time we go to bed at night. Everything from do you hit the snooze or do you get out of bed? To what should you have for breakfast? And what are you going to wear…there are so many decisions that you have to make during the day. Frankly, by the time 5 o’clock rolls around, we’re real tired. And we don’t feel like making decisions anymore.

I can think of nights when my husband is like “let’s order pizza…where do you wanna get it from?” And I can’t even decide where to get it from. It’s like my brain is so spent at that point that I can’t make the simplest decisions. Perhaps there are a lot of you out there that feel the same way.

And you may think that it’s just that you’re just irritable. Or that’s just how it is. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your evenings don’t have to be a brain dead mom not being able to make decisions and getting angry at people for asking simple questions. And that is why we’re going to talk about how you can streamline and simplify your life with some systems and routines.

Brain Fatigue and Better Evenings

Ever feel like by 3 o’clock you can’t make even the simplest decision? Or that you’re unmotivated? Super irritable? Like the smallest question that is not a big deal really just sets you off? Maybe you go to bed and as you’re laying there, you’re feeling disappointed about what you didn’t accomplish today. Or your head is spinning over everything that you have to do. All of those things are related to brain fatigue. And one of the major things that contribute to brain fatigue is decision making.

Any way that we can sort of streamline our days and take things off of our brain’s plate is going to reflect better on our attitude and on our mood. We’re going to get to sleep easier. And we’re going to feel more accomplished in our day, even if it feels like we’re doing less.

Streamlining and simplifying your day with systems and routines can help you to be a better mom and mom entrepreneur. Here’s a fun fact about brain fatigue…your brain is responsible for 20% of the energy that your body uses up. Think about how big your body is and how little your brain is. Yet it is 1/5 of the energy that your body is putting out. And as we just discussed, so much of that energy is going into making decisions.

Better Evenings…Where to Start

There are two simple ways you can reduce the number of decisions you make in a day. First, set up a routine. Something that you do subconsciously. A pattern of things that happen over and over again so that you’re not constantly making decisions. Second, set up a system. A series of actions that lead to a particular result. You have some sort of checklist that you are following because there is an end result and by creating that system you aren’t making as many decisions.

Sometimes these words are used interchangeably. Routines can be systems. But not all systems are routines. The thing to realize is we need them both. They are what is going to help us be a happier mom at the end of our day.

Here’s a great example of a routine and a system. This is from my sister who has four kids under the age of nine. She’s got a lot on her plate but this routine and system have simplified her evenings. She makes the same meal on the same night every single week. Monday night is spaghetti night. Tuesday night is tacos. Wednesday night is hamburgers. And so on. Every single week she knows exactly what she’s making. The kids know exactly what they are eating. And she knows what she needs to get from the grocery store which is where her system comes in.

Before she does her shopping for the week she has the task of taking an inventory of the stuff that she needs for her regular meals. She has created a list on her phone of the exact things that she needs to buy every week to make the food that’s part of her routine. She does her grocery shopping. And when she comes home she puts all those things away. She knows exactly where the items are when she needs them for her meal routine.

There is your routine of what you’re eating every single day…very few decisions being made because it’s the same thing all the time…and the system of checking to make sure that she has the items that she needs, buying what she doesn’t have, and putting those things where she can find them when she needs them. Routine and system. And while the idea of eating the same thing over and over again may sound boring, the idea that she has streamlined this part of her life means that she can now redirect that energy into something else. She’s freed up her brain to make other decisions because she has taken meal planning decisions off her plate.

When you incorporate routines and systems you’ll have less brain fatigue. You’ll have fewer decisions to make. And you’ll have better evenings. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy your workday more because won’t feel overwhelmed. Meanwhile, you’ll have a chance to put that amazing brainpower and creativity into those things that make an impact on your business or your family life.

Now where can you incorporate a routine or systems so you can have better evenings??? (If you’re struggling with creating systems or routines, click below to schedule a free, 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help.)

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How to Clearly Communicate Expectations for More Success

Do you communicate expectations at work or at home?

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Do you tell people what you expect from them? Or do you bring them into what you are expecting of yourself? If not, how can they possibly know what to do or how to best support you? People want to help you succeed. Or they just want to help you in general. And a great way to help them help you communicate expectations aka tell them what you need from them. Genius, right?

Last week, we discussed managing our expectations. We also recognized the difference between what we perceive as an expectation. And what is actually expected. Now that you are clear on what you are expecting from yourself (if not, you should pop back and check out that episode by clicking here), it’s time to bring those people that the expectations affect up to speed. Which may be part of the process that feels intimidating. But not after today. 

Ready to feel understood? Seen? Satisfied? And Successful? Start to clearly communicate expectations to the people in your family. Your team. Your clients. And anyone that you expect anything from. When everyone is on the same page working towards the same goal, you’ll have less misunderstandings, less resentment, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed. You’ll create a baseline for behaviors. And you’ll open the lines of communication as they relate to your relationship and the expectations you have. 

All it takes is you taking the time to create and clarify what you expect. Then communicating those expectations to those they affect. Uh, sure Christy. You make it sound so easy but I’m just not a confrontational person. 

If this is what’s spinning your brain right now, you may need to reframe your mindset around setting boundaries or explaining what is expected. Communicating needs is not looking to start a fight. Boundaries are put in place to establish limits. Expectations are what you and others hope for or work towards. 

When we aren’t clear on our limits and what we are working towards in our relationship, confusion abounds. Resentment builds up. And it just makes life harder in general. Ever found yourself pissed off because you’re folding laundry while everybody else is outside having fun on a beautiful fall day? Or you work super long hours for a client going above and beyond when you don’t feel appreciated? Was the work you are doing clearly laid out and defined? Or is it a product of what you “think” you need to do for your family or clients? See how that resentment starts to creep in? 

Benefits of Communicating Expectations

When you clearly define and communicate expectations, you are aware of the workload or the requirements for your job…. whether that job is in your home or with your clients. You can reduce your workload because all those extras you thought were necessary are not necessary. You can delegate jobs you added to your list that doesn’t require your ability. 

Now, you can build your daily to-do list around these expectations at home and at work. Rather than what you perceive your spouse, your family, your team, your boss, or your clients want you to do. Remember, when you clearly define what is expected, there’s no wiggle room… you know what the expectations are expectations are and create a task list or schedule based on those expectations. 

And when you create your schedule around the clearly defined expectations, there’ll be less side-eye at your spouse for enjoying the evening while you are working. because. You’ll no longer resent your clients for underappreciating the extra work you do. We’ve defined the expectations of every job and all involved and communicated so it’s all sunshine and roses from here on out. Or at least it is monumentally better than you bitterly cursing under your breath because you feel unappreciated and undervalued. 

How to Start Communicating Expectations

I know sometimes these conversations can feel hard.  But I think this quote from Thomas Fuller sums it up well…. “All things are difficult before they are easy.”  The more you have these conversations, the easier they become. The more comfortable you are with the idea that you do not need to do more than you are absolutely expected to do, the easier it will become to have a conversation about your expectations of yourself or others. 

I’ve paired it down to 2 steps to effectively share your expectations: create and communicate. First, when you create your expectations write down the who, what, when, where, and why. Who is involved? What is happening? Where is it happening? Why does it need to happen? As you develop these expectations keep them as simple as possible. Don’t be wishy-washy. Don’t go overboard with explaining. Keep this super simple. Make it as clear as possible so there is no mistaking the expectation.  

Once you clarify the expectation, it is time to communicate expectations to those involved in making them a success. Set a family meeting time. Create an onboarding document for new clients. Have a team meeting to present the new system. If you’re feeling a little nervous before this meeting or presentation, give yourself a little affirmation pep talk.  

  • I give myself permission to set and share expectations and boundaries that support myself, my business, and my life. 
  • I’m worthy and deserving of setting expectations that serve me. 
  • I’m worthy and deserving of setting boundaries that serve me. 
  • It is easy for me to share my expectations and boundaries with others.  
  • It is safe for me to share my expectations and boundaries with others. 
  • I honor myself by setting and communicating my boundaries and expectations with others. 

Action step & CTA (Consequence & Deadline):  

Your action step for this week is to clarify and communicate your expectations with the people they affect in your life. Write down a simple version of who it affects, what is involved, when it needs to happen, where it needs to happen, and why it needs to happen. Once you’ve clarified your expectations, schedule a time to communicate expectations with those affected. Create a document for your team or for new clients. Call a family meeting. Have a date night with your spouse. Whatever you do, make sure that you don’t create the expectations and skip the part when you include the people involved. Give yourself a pep talk using the affirmations from today’s episode.

Still struggling to clarify and communicate expectations and goals as a mom and business owner? Tired of feeling angry, ignored, or overworked, let’s change that. Let’s talk about how my programs can help you overcome your overwhelm and stop your stress. You can live a more fun and fulfilling life as a mom and business owner. And that is exactly what I am here to help you with. Book your free call by clicking below to start your journey from burnout to blissful today. 

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How to Organize Your Business When You’re Not Organized

Let talk how to organize your business when you not organized.

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Do you ever catch yourself thinking “I don’t have time to organize”. “It’s just not a good use of my time”. “I would rather do work”. My question for you is “do you really have time to not be organized?” Learning how to organize your business could be the best way for you to manage your time, work productively, and create more of a balance in your work and home life as a mom business owner.

Today I am wearing hats from both of my businesses…Let’s talk about organizing your business when you don’t feel like you are an organized person. I spent over a decade as a professional organizer helping moms to overcome their clutter and simplify their stuff so they could do more of what they loved with who they loved. So yeah, you could say I have a bit of a passion for organizing. And not just because it looks pretty.

Practicing your organizing skill is truly a way to optimize your time and energy. You can show up a better mom, a better business owner, a better spouse, and a better you all around. And today we are going to talk about easy ways you can start to practice your organizing skills…Even if you’ve spent your life thinking you’re disorganized.

Why Take the Time to Organize Your Business

When you take time to organize your space and time as business owner, you can work more efficiently. And expend less energy completing the necessary tasks. It takes so much energy to run a business, especially if you are just starting out or a solopreneur. Why spend any more time than you absolutely have to search for documents you know you created? Or distracted by the piles of papers on your desk when you don’t have to?

Decide today to devote time on a regular basis to decluttering what is unnecessary. Create systems. Organize your space and schedule. And regularly maintain it all will ensure you keep your business and your household running at an optimal level.

And as I said in the opening…you may think you don’t have time to organize. But do you really have time not be? Disorganization shows up as lost items or files, missed deadlines or communications, unpaid invoices or lack of invoicing…the list goes on. All of these actions take a toll on both your productivity and business success. As well as your stress levels. Because, let’s face it, if you are constantly looking for things, missing deadlines, or forgetting invoice clients, it’s going to cause a bit of stress and strain in your already tapped out life.

And if you’re thinking “I could never be an organized person”. Or “I’m creative so I can’t be organized”, I’m here to help you see that everyone can benefit from a bit more organization.

You’ll complete tasks because you know when they’re due AND where the supplies you need to complete them are. You’ll serve your customers better because they will receive their services or packages in a timely manner. And happy customers mean more money. Maybe even repeat business. And more business means more compensation. More compensation means less stress because your efforts are rewarded. See how nicely that all works together!

And this isn’t just a long-term strategy. I want you to close your eyes and imagine a workday where you know what you need to do. You know where you can find everything you need to do your job. You start your day in a clear workspace where you can focus. And end your workday by resetting the space for next work session. Can you see it?

And practicing your organizing skills in your business is bound to spill over into your home life too. You and your family can set up systems to find all sorts of items that were previously on the “mom, where are my (insert lost item)” list. And, as I used to discuss with my organizing clients, the earlier you start to practice the skill of organizing with your kids, the better. I firmly believe you can teach an old dog new tricks. But I also know the sooner you start to nurture skills the better.

First Steps to Organize Your Business

So, where do you start honing your organizing skills as business owner? I’ve got 3 simple steps that even the most disorganized person can implement to start organizing their space and time. Reduce. Systematize. Maintain.

  1. Reduce – aka decluttering. When it comes to organizing anything, whether physical stuff or calendar clutter, the first step is to reduce the amount of items that need organizing. It just doesn’t make sense to organize something you don’t need. Or you don’t use. Or that doesn’t bring value to your day. When you look at the papers you keep, do you actually need them all? If you’ve got digital copy, do you need a printed copy? Or could you keep a well labeled digital copy on the chance you’ll reference it again. Rather than taking the time to print and file that document? When you look at your desktop, is everything there necessary for you to complete your job? Or does it cause a distraction or additional stress because your desk looks messy. When you look at your schedule or to-do list, do the tasks or activities add value and increase the bottom line of your business? Or are they unaligned with your goals and values causing you to waste your precious time and energy. Look at your space and schedule and ask yourself, is this all necessary and essential? If the answer is no, what can go. I am giving you permission to let go of items or tasks that don’t serve your vision, goals, or values.
  2. Systematize – For some reason, many business owners love to make things harder than they need to be. Even when they know they don’t have the time for it. It’s the “I don’t have time to get organized” lie again. But when you take a little time to organize systems for routine business tasks, you’ll work more productively and have fewer mistakes or missed opportunities. There’s a chance you’re already using some sort of systems in your business and you may not even realize it. Do you have templates you use for social media? A nurture sequence when new subscribers opt-in to your email list? Or a process for sending products to customers once they’ve purchased from you? Then you’ve organized systems designed to offload some of the decision making you do during your workday. AND to ensure the work is completed with fewer mistakes and consistent results. Currently recreating the wheel every time you have a repeated task in your business? I challenge you to look for places you can create systems. Creating a new blog post? Uploading new products to your website? Writing an email newsletter? Onboarding a new client? These are all places you can write down each step you need to complete in the process. Then create a checklist of these steps. I know, I know. It may seem redundant to record routine tasks when you are used to doing them over and over. But some days, mom brain kicks in. Some days we miss a step. And mistakes can cost our time and money. Not mention, you can easily delegate a well documented system as your business grows. And your business will grow now that you’ve committed to using your time and space more efficiently. For even more on creating systems for your business, check out episode 57 from February 2021 called “Systems: What are they and why you need them”.
  3. Maintenance – Maintaining what you decluttered or the systems you’ve created is so key to staying organized. And yet, this step is so often overlooked. Organizing is never set it and forget it like a Ronco Rotisserie Oven (how’s that for a throwback reference). We have to review and reevaluate to make constant improvements. You might find that items you once thought were necessary for your workflow aren’t anymore because you’ve digitized a system. Or tasks your once did no longer align with your current vision and goals. Or the system you created feels clunky, outdated, or complicated. Just because you reduce and systematize doesn’t mean it’s complete. For instance, I make a habit of reviewing my marketing numbers at the end of every month. I’ve created a weekly marketing checklist, aka a system, so I know what I would like to post where. And when I write my podcast. And what needs completed that week to accomplish my marketing goals. Based on my marketing numbers each month, I refine and review my weekly system. I look for places I can eliminate tasks or where I need to lean in a bit more. Schedule time in on a regular basis, maybe monthly or quarterly, to review what you’ve done. And determine if it is still working for you. Or if it might need a little zhuzh.

Here are your action steps to organize your business, even if you don’t feel like you’re an organized person…

First, reduce the clutter. Eliminate any items that you don’t absolutely need or that cause distractions. Ask yourself “will I realistically need this? Or am I just keeping it because I might use it or someone else told me to have it”? Let go of items that don’t directly contribute to your success. Or align with your values. Or that distract you from doing focused work. You don’t have to overhaul your whole office at once. Start small. A drawer. Your desktop. A day on your schedule. Then tomorrow, do a little more.

Next up, systematize. Are there areas of your business where you repeat tasks? If so, create a checklist or automation to ensure you complete each step accurately. And yes, I know words like accurate and timely can start to sound a little confining to a free flowing creative. But when you create simple systems to offload the regular, boring, non-creative yet essential tasks, you free up brainpower for more creative time in your work.

And finally, schedule time for maintenance and review. Sure, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But as we develop organizing skills, we find that the stuff or tasks we thought we needed, aren’t really necessary. In fact, they may actually distract us. Make an appointment on a regular basis to review the state of your workspace, your schedule, and your systems. Evaluate that they align with your current, vision, goals, and values.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


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How to Decide What to Do When You Work

Struggling to decide what to do when you sit down to work?

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Ever sit down to work on your carefully curated list of tasks to-do that someone, somewhere said you “need” to do and feel completely overwhelmed by it all? Then today’s episode is for you! Let’s decide what to do for you when you work.

The topic of deciding what to do because it comes up over and over in my community. Figuring out what to do and then doing those things can really zap your energy as an entrepreneur. Add to that the duties you have as a mom and around your home and it’s no wonder this feels so daunting. But it doesn’t have to. And today I am going to share a few simple questions that will help you narrow that list down to your priority tasks when you are feeling confused, indecisive, or overwhelmed. 

Ugh….What Do I Do???

Staring at a to-do list of 10, 20, 30, or more tasks can feel completely overwhelming…even to the most productive go-getter. And whenever you have a large quantity of anything…whether it’s tasks on your to-do list or clothes in your closet…making a decision becomes even harder. Today we are solving the problem of knowing what to focus on NOW from your to-do list in order to get the right things done, work efficiently, and save time and energy. 

The mompreneurs who make a regular practice of evaluating the tasks and carving out time for the ones that are urgent and important often feel less stress. They can do more in less time because the tasks they focus on make a difference. And many of those tasks we thought we needed to do don’t need completed. All it takes is a little evaluation and prioritization. 

Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list or confused about what to do? It’s often because you pick what to do willy nilly, rather than focusing time and energy on tasks that truly make an impact. Many times you choose a task because you like to do it or because it is easy. But I’m here to tell you…those are often not the tasks that will move the needle in helping you grow your community, work more efficiently, see more results or, most importantly, make more money. As busy mompreneurs pulled in 127 different directions, you have to stop wasting time on low-value tasks. 

But what are those low-value tasks? How do you even know what is a waste and what is productive? You have so many voices in your ear, mine included, telling you what you should and should not do. The fact is, only you know your priorities based on your goals and your values. But the more you practice prioritizing what’s on your list based on those goals and values, the easier it becomes to see exactly what you need to do when you sit down to work. Or what to do with your free time. When you manage to carve out that 3 minutes and 48 seconds. 

How You Benefit When You Decide What to Do

When you use the simple questions I’m sharing today to prioritize your to-do list, you focus on tasks that matter. You reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress because you can focus time and energy on only the tasks produce results. And you often reduce your workload because you can give up the tasks that don’t truly align with your goals or your values. 

On a daily basis, you will feel confident that what you are doing will benefit of your business, your self, or your family because those tasks are directly aligned with your goals or your values. 

And you aren’t the only person who benefits from a less stressed, less overwhelmed business owning mom. Your family will see more of you because you can accomplish more in less time. And you can show up less distracted or stressed at mealtimes or sporting events because you know the work you’ve done (and left behind) made an impact.  

Steps to Decide What to Do When You Work

So how can you arrive at this glorious place where can decide what to do, your tasks align, your to-do list shrinks, and you can walk away from work at the end of the day feeling accomplished? It’s easier than you might think. 

First, let’s take a second to review the difference between your urgent and important tasks. I did a deep dive on this topic in episode 38 titled “The Difference between Urgent and Important. And Why It Matters” back in November of 2020. But in a nutshell…your urgent tasks require immediate action. Your important tasks aid in reaching your long term goals. And your daily to-do list will contain a combination of both urgent and important tasks.  

Which leads us to my four, simple TRIM Your To-Do list questions. I developed these questions based on prioritizing what is urgent and important to my clients. Not what this guru said you have to do in some workshop or what that IG post said you need to do in order to (fill in the blank). These questions help you decide what to do based on the goals you’ve set for your business and personal life. Along with the values you hold for yourself and your family. 

  1. Is the task time sensitive? As in does it have a due date. And, importantly, is that due date approaching. If the answer is yes, the task is a priority and you should complete it asap. If the due date is in the future, schedule time to complete the task closer to the due date. These time sensitive tasks fall under the urgent category when it comes to prioritizing your to-do list. 
  1. Is the task required to move on to the next step? This would be a task like sending a questionnaire to a new potential client so you can schedule a sales call. Uploading new pictures to your website for your online shop so you can add those new seasonal products. Creating an opt-in so you can start collecting email addresses. If completing this task means you move on to a new, necessary phase of tasks directly related to your goals and your success, then those tasks are priorities and must be done. 
  1. Does the task make an impact positively or negatively? This category of tasks includes but is not limited to: scheduling a doctor’s appointment, going to your child’s choir concert, working out, self-care, showing up on social media if that is where you market your business, family dinner, scheduling client calls, taking an online course, and so on. Many of the tasks that make an impact will fall into the important category. They contribute to your long term goals and align with your values. And they are often overlooked or afterthoughts. Or we just try to squeeze them in rather than treating them as a priority. That is also why we often feel extra stress or overwhelm because we aren’t making time for these important tasks that make an impact. 
  1. Will the task make me money or cost me money? Remember…you are in business. Businesses make money. Otherwise it is a hobby. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve talked with mompreneurs who will spin their wheels for hours planning marketing content or writing blog posts and ignore the tasks on their to-do list that can actually result in sales. Making money is a priority as a business. And your task list should reflect that. Likewise, if you avoid tasks like invoicing clients or paying bills, that avoidance is costing you money.  

Your action step to decide what to do when you work is to prioritize your to-do list. Ask yourself these questions about the tasks on your list…Is this time-sensitive? Is it required for me to move to the next step? Will it make an impact positively or negatively? Will it make me money or cost me money? If the answer is “yes” to one or more of those questions, it is a priority and needs your precious time and focus first. Time Sensitive. Required. Impact-Driven. Or Money Related. That’s the TRIM in TRIM your To-Do List. 

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.


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4 Simple High Performance Habits for Mompreneurs

Are you a high performance mompreneur?

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There are so many things you need to run your business. From computers to software, to classes and marketing. But how much time are you investing in the most important asset of your business? Yourself! This week we are discussing high performance habits for mompreneurs and why it is so important for you to take care of the you part of running a business. And easy ways you can work this care into every day. And to be clear…we aren’t talking specifically about “self-care” in the traditional, although it is technically self-care. It’s more of creating habits to maintain a healthy mind and body so you can continue serving your customers, creating amazing content, and stay healthy to care for your family.

Benjamin Franklin said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water”. Too often as both moms and entrepreneurs, we allow ourselves to run down before we take the time to care and nurture our bodies and mind. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple, everyday steps you can take to take care of yourself to stay healthy, stave off burnout, and limit common entrepreneur mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression.

If you can commit to making incremental changes to your daily habits involving your mind, body, sleep, and downtime, you too can stay happy and healthy as a mompreneur.. Often, we separate our physical or social life from our business life. But they actually all work together. And the more harmonious we can make them, the better our overall health and mindset will be. That’s what makes high performance mompreneurs.

How Mompreneurs Benefit from High Performance Habits

If you’re stuck in a loop of grinding it out or hustle, hustle, hustle when it comes to your business but feel like your relationships, physical or mental health, or sleep patterns are suffering due to this hustle…it’s time to care for and protect your most important mompreneur asset…you!

When you adopt these habits you’ll be able to better cope with truly stressful situations. And not let the small stuff throw you off your game. You’ll be able to stay physically healthier to show up for your family and your business.

You’ll sleep better which will help you show up more focused, creative, and alert for both your business and home life. And you’ll make time for the people who matter on a regular basis.

If the hustle is keeping you from spending time with your family, spouse, or friends, then what good is that hustle. Let’s nurture our relationships that matter while nurturing ourselves AND growing our business.

Simple Habits for High Performance Mompreneurs

Here are four areas where you can uplevel your “you care” to become the high performance mompreneurs you need to be. Those areas are your mind, your body, your sleep, and your relationships.

  1. Mind – And real talk, if your first reaction to hearing the word “mindset” is “that’s such a buzzword” or “what a fad”, you are probably the person who need mindset the most. Just saying. There are so many simple ways to incorporate developing a growth mindset into your daily routine. Start a gratitude practice. Start an affirmation journal. Meditate. Flip the script on failure to see it as a learning experience. Loosen your grip on “it’s my way or the highway” and find places you can adapt, modify, or edit. When you are able to see the abundance in your life, believe in who you are, stay present, learn from what doesn’t work, and be open to alternatives you will be a happy and healthier entrepreneur…no question.
  2. Body – For far too long I thought of my physical health and my entrepreneurial life as two separate things. And when I realized that I needed to keep my body healthy in order to run my businesses as an optimal level, it’s like a lightbulb went off. Just like you need your computer to be healthy and up to date if your work is done on your laptop. Or a truck driver needs to maintain their rig. Your body is the key to your business success. It generated the idea for the business and continues to generate content, growth points, new ventures, or is just doing the work day in and day out. You need to keep it in optimal working condition. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. Take vitamins. Drink plenty of water. Reduce alcohol consumption. All of these habits work together to help keep your body in peak working order so you can tackle the daily duties of running your business. And all these healthy habits work even better when you focus on our third habit…
  3. Sleep – And I know, depending on what stage of motherhood you’re in, you might be like “um, what’s sleep?” But part of the reason you might feel unfocused, unproductive, unable to remember thoughts, or uncreative could be linked to lack of sleep. Sleep is when your brain and body reset and repair. Getting the proper amount of sleep leads to better concentration and productivity. It can also help you stave off an array of mental and physical health issues like weight gain, diabetes, and depression. Not to mention, it boosts your immune system to help keep you healthy. Getting a good night’s sleep may mean keeping your phone outside your bedroom. Or choosing not to watch one more episode of the show you’re binging. Or creating a bedtime routine that helps you fall asleep faster. A little effort but so worth the reward.
  4. Relationships…The final important habit to keep your mompreneur body and mind healthy is to make time for your important relationships. Date nights with your spouse. Play dates with your kids. Coffee dates with your friends. Is there an activity with friends or family you’ve been putting off in order to “get work done”? Or do you think you’ll make time once you’ve reached a certain point of success? The truth is…burning yourself out and neglecting relationships that fill your cup will slow down your success. Take time to step away from your work to spend time with the people you love doing what you love. You will return with better focus, more creativity, and more energy to complete the tasks you need or want to do.

Your action step to start creating high performance habits as a mompreneur is to start pivoting your daily routine with the suggestions given today. Don’t try to do it all at once. Especially if it is all very different from what you are currently doing. Small, incremental changes on a regular basis are more sustainable.  And you are more likely to stick with them until they become part of your routine. As opposed to going whole hog and giving up after a week because it’s just too much change at once.

Find simple, subtle ways to incorporate mindset shifts like starting a gratitude practice or writing a daily list of what you accomplished. Nurture your body by finding time to exercise 2-3 times per week or limiting alcohol consumption to the weekends. Find nights during the week where you can get a few extra hours of sleep to allow your body and mind to reset and recover from all your ask it to do. And schedule some downtime with your spouse, your family, or your friends to step away from work and focus on fun. You know I love when you focus on fun!

If you find you’re struggling with incorporating these habits for high performance mompreneurs, let’s talk about how I can help. When you schedule a free clarity call with me, we’ll review your current goals, discuss your schedule, and clarify your priorities to make sure all the parts of your life your value are getting the time they need and deserve. You can schedule your free call by visiting You can have the successful business and fulfilling family life you want. Let’s work together to make it happen.

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